Marvin Gaye's 'Got To Give It Up:' Story And Facts About The Disco Hit He Didn't Want To Make

Marvin Gaye live at Royal Albert Hall, London. 1979 (Photo by David Corio/Redferns)

When Marvin Gaye recorded "Got To Give It Up," he was joining the club -- the club of disco bandwagon-jumpers. Disco was so huge in the late '70s that labels, and many artists, wanted that big-selling disco hit. The Rolling Stones' "Miss You" is disco, the title track from Pink Floyd's The Wall is disco, The Clash's "Magnificent Seven" is disco. And Marvin Gaye, titan of soul music, got in line -- reluctantly, and even subversively. He set out to make a song that would be a parody of disco, or disco taken to its absurd conclusion. He ended up creating a chart-topping single that is one of the greatest disco tunes of all time.